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Universal Carrier 1936-48: The 'bren Gun Carrier' Story (New Vanguard) [Kindle Edition]

David Fletcher , Tony Bryan
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Universal Carrier was a fast, lightly armed vehicle developed by the British Army to carry infantry across ground defended by small-arms fire, specifically the Bren light machine gun, hence the name ‘Bren Gun Carrier’. This name would stick with the Universal Carrier and all of its future variants. This book details the Carrier, which was employed in a number of roles including carrying ammunition and towing anti-aircraft guns and trailers. All Allies used the Universal Carrier extensively during practically every World War II campaign. By the war’s end, the Universal Carrier had proved itself to be an invaluable and successful cross-country vehicle that was both agile and fast for its time.

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"For Allied/Commonwealth modellers the Universal Carrier has always been a popular subject. Bearing in mind the paucity of good reference books and only one 1/35th kit of the subject, this new book from Osprey Publishing comes into the 'sight for sore eyes category' - a truly welcome addition...." -Jim Rae, "Armorama "(May 2005)

About the Author

David Fletcher was born in 1942. He has written a number of books and articles on military subjects and is currently the historian at the Tank Museum, Bovington, UK. He has spent over 40 years studying the development of British armoured vehicles during the two World Wars. Tony Bryan is a freelance illustrator of many years' experience. He initially qualified in Engineering and worked for a number of years in Military Research and Development, and has a keen interest in military hardware - armour, small arms, aircraft and ships. Tony has produced many illustrations for partworks, magazines and books, including a number of titles in the New Vanguard series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10488 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (23 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007X3JV9S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,901 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview and general read 5 Sept. 2013
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If you only wanted to buy one book on the subject, this publication is probably sufficient. It is a good general read with several pages of coloured artwork. The balance is towards giving working examples of carriers with particular units, for which a good working knowledge of armies' structures is probably needed. This probably suits many readers who will also presumably be model-makers and will enjoy having the individual unit details provided to consider or use for making models of carriers. The reader also needs to have a good working knowledge of theatres, campaigns and battle outcomes but that is probably a given.

The book is not strong on design, construction, or the manufacturing in quantity by various manufacturers, which must have been a considerable task? How well did the Ford V8 perform between any services or was it a case of replace rather than repair? Some more personal recollections of carrier drivers, even if only a couple of paragraphs would have amplified the driving experience, particularly about turning a carrier about which I found the text a bit brief.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Universal Carrier 1936-48 8 July 2011
By Stoo73
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A decent and knowledgable read that gives a decent overview of one of the 20th century's most quirky yet popular armoured vehicles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent reference 25 Oct. 2010
By das
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One of the few books dedi9cated to the universal carrier. Good reference work for modellers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased 6 May 2015
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Well written and informative with plenty of photographs and so good illustrations. Sold at a good price and quickly delivered. A very useful book to have in my WWII library. Very pleased.
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